Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Summer staple.

   Well, there are many dishes that can be summer staples, and I'm sure each of us have our own. I actually have a different staple each weekend and love all of them. But somehow during Memorial Day weekend I always think about grilled meat and cornbread. Grilling seems like an obvious choice, but I have absolutely no scientific explanation for the cornbread ... it's just what I associate with this Holiday. It's not only super tasty, but also super quick and easy, so it won't keep you in the kitchen when you want to enjoy time with your friends and family. To make it extra flavorful and summery I added mint and lemon thyme. Here is the recipe:

*  1/2 cup butter
*  1/3 cup white sugar
*  2 eggs
*  1 cup buttermilk
*  1/2 tsp baking soda
*  1/2 tsp baking powder
*  1 cup cornmeal
*  1 cup all-purpose flour
*  1/2 tsp salt
*  2 tbsp chopped lemon thyme
*  2 tbsp chopped mint

1. Melt butter in skillet, remove it from heat and stir in sugar. Quickly add eggs and beat until well blended.
2. Combine buttermilk with baking soda and baking powder, and stir into mixture in pan. Stir in cornmeal, flour, salt, and herbs until well blended, pour batter into the prepared pan (I used 8 inch square pan) and bake at 375F for 30 minutes.

   I wish you could smell my kitchen when I was taking it out of the oven. Mint and lemon thyme is such a great and fragrant combination, it just makes you want to hug the cornbread and never let it go! Add some home made strawberry preserves and you are in heaven!



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    1. I wasn't sure about it but it turned out to be really good.

  2. Will definitely try this corn bread recipe! I love corn bread, and so far I haven't been really successful with any recipe!
    Your strawberry jam looks awesome! This year is the first year in years (wow! lots of "years" in on sentence), that I haven't been able to make my own preserves! Just too busy :(

    1. Kasia, I'm sorry to hear that you are so busy... I would say: slow down.... but I know it's easier said than done! I hope you will find some time for cooking (and blogging) soon! The cornbread turned out really good, I was surprised. Sometimes they can be dry, but this one was pretty moist... and very herb-y :)
      Powodzenia ;)

  3. I am excited to really try this out. I will definitely make time this weekend. I am sure your kitchen smells really great while this is prepared. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you! I'm sure you will love this cornbread, it's really aromatic. Good luck!